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V-Pods - Video iPods and the Indie Filmmaker

By Patrick Jones, posted 1 February 2006

Given how the iPod, alongside the music store iTunes which recently sold its 500 millionth song, has defined a new culture in music mobility; it is only right that some thought is given to that possible impact Apple could have on the world of film. Particularly for a company whose decision to pack Avid-style functionality into a sub-1000 box with Final Cut Pro helped kick start the desktop edit DV indie film renaissance.

War of the Words

By Preti Taneja, posted 1 February 2006

"It's launching on multiple targets tomorrow, the targets have shifted we've just been fighting for so long...there's a more advanced tracking system now so we know we won't miss.... We've won half the territories - this hit will finish it...." Condi reporting to George Bush? Or a conversation overheard in the distribution offices of the UK Film Council? "...no it's not digital, it was shot on super 8."

Writing Effective Dialogue

By Michael Daniels, posted 1 February 2006

In a visually driven media the importance of good written dialogue is often ignored or at best underestimated. Good dialogue adds depth and meaning to a film, whereas thin, poorly written dialogue can detract from the overall mis-en scene, and burden your actors with a performance lacking in verisimilitude. As a writer or filmmaker, you should to be aware of the need for good, effective dialogue. No matter how sparse, superior dialogue can really make a piece of film. Learning to write quality dialogue will reward the writer or filmmaker with strong characters, within dynamic and engaging scenes. A few hours invested in watching some acclaimed and successful films should convince you of the value of good dialogue. Great movies are always remembered, as are classic lines. A short article such as this can only offer you a few pointers to writing successful scripts, however what is discussed here can be developed further, and should enable a writer to develop strong characters and quality dialogue.

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